Marseilles Elementary Newsletter

December 7, 2021

Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, December 7th- Early Dismissal @ 2:25pm
  • Tuesday, December 7th- Cherrydale Fundraiser Pickup 2:30pm-6:00pm in cafeteria
  • Tuesday, December 7th- Book Fair Family Night in library 4:00pm-6:00pm
  • Wednesday, December 8th- 7th & 8th Grade Boys' Basketball at Waltham @4:00pm
  • Wednesday, December 8th- Wrestling @ Ottawa with Seneca @ 4:30pm
  • Thursday, December 9th- 5th & 6th Boys’ Basketball at Putnam County (Hennepin)
  • Saturday, December 11th- Wrestling 14th Annual Panther Invitational @9:00am
  • Monday, December 13th- 5th & 6th Boys’ Basketball vs. Sandwich
  • Tuesday, December 14th- Early Dismissal @ 2:25pm
  • Tuesday, December 14th- 5th & 6th Boys’ Basketball at Rutland
  • Wednesday, December 15th- Junior High Choir and Band Concert at 6:00pm in MPR
  • Thursday, December 16th- K-2 Winter Concert/ 3-5 Winter Concert @ 1:30pm & 2:00pm
  • Thursday, December 16th- 5th & 6th Boys Basketball at Marquette @ 5:00pm
  • Thursday, December 16th- 7th & 8th Boys’ Basketball vs. Marquette @ 5:00pm
  • Winter Break- Monday, December 20-Friday, December 31st. School Resumes on Monday, January 3rd.

Winter Concerts Announced!

On Thursday, December 16th MES will be presenting our K-5 winter concert. This year, due to COVID we will split into a K-2 and 3-5 concert. The K-2 concert will begin at 1:30 pm in the big gym with K-2 students. Doors will open at 1:15pm for K-2 spectator admission. 3-5 grade families will be admitted at 2:00 with a start time of 2:10pm.

Due to crowd restrictions, each student will be given two tickets to the concert. Tickets must be presented at the door to enter the gym. You will not be admitted without tickets, but we will be recording the show. We will need to get spectators in and out in order to keep on schedule, so as soon as K-2 is done performing, those who do not have 3-5 tickets, you will need to exit the building. We will be recording the concert and posting the video on our social media a couple of hours after the concert. Properly worn masks are required for audience members.

Students should dress appropriately for the concert. Red and green colors are encouraged but not required. They should not wear anything that would cause a distraction (i.e. funny hats, light-up shirts, etc.)

At the conclusion of the entire concert, students will return to their classrooms. It is highly encouraged that students dismiss normally as families will not be permitted to the classroom to sign out their child(ren).


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Cherrydale Fundraiser Pickup TONIGHT!

A huge thank you to all families who helped MES PTA through selling and/or purchasing items through the Cherrydale fundraiser. Seller pick-up will be in the cafeteria tonight from 2:30pm-6:00pm. If your student sold items, all the orders they turned in will be boxed together under their name. After picking up, you will then be able to distribute orders to your customers. Most boxes will be too heavy for students to manage by themselves. Thank you again for all of your support with this fundraiser!


Don't forget, tonight is also Family Night for our Book Fair- stop by before or after picking up your Cherrydale orders.

Notes from the Office

Please be on the lookout for the STAR360 test results to be sent home for you to see how your child is performing on the standardized test in math and reading. This information will show you how your child is performing in relation to grade level peers.


Winter parties will be in classrooms for K-5 students. Due to COVID, we will NOT have any outside volunteers!


The end of quarter 2 is Friday, December 17th. Report cards will be coming home in January.


Join us this Saturday, December 11 as we host the 14th Annual Panther Invitational Wrestling Tournament. The action starts at 9am.


The colder weather is upon us. Please continue to have your child practice zipping his/her coat at home! We will be outside as much as possible as the weather gets colder. Please make sure your child bundles up. Hats and gloves/mittens are recommended with the cold weather. When snow falls, students will need snow pants in order to play in the snow. If your child is in need of a coat, please communicate with the school. We will make sure your child has a winter coat.


If your child has received his/her vaccination, please make sure the school has a copy of the card. We use this information for contact tracing as it changes the process for exclusion and/or test to stay.


Please see the information below regarding testing locations for COVID. The document indicates where to test if you are symptomatic, asymptomatic or if you need to test for any other reasons. The document can also be found on the district website. If you are having any issues with testing, please reach out to the office at MES.

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It's Book Fair Week!!!!

If you haven't seen the flyer sent home, check out our book fair online or join us tonight from 4:00pm-6:00pm for Family Night! Classes will visit the library during their library time to browse and/or buy.
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Erin's Law Curriculum

Safe Journeys will be working with students in grades K-8 to talk about Erin's Law curriculum. Below is a the link to the letter on the district website (Erin's Law Letter in bottom right corner).
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Lunch Menu for Next Week

Here is the link to our current lunch menu:

COVID Informational Letters

This year, we will not be communicating out information for each individual that tests positive at MES. You can, however, use the link below to access the information on the website. You may also access this information by going to mes150.org and clicking on Our School and then Health and Wellness.

COVID Updates

In order to keep our students and staff safe, we plan to align our protocols and procedures with the most recent guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education, who developed their guidance with the CDC and IDPH.


At this time, we are now considered 'outbreak status' for positive COVID cases. Outbreaks in schools are defined as:

  • 10 % of your student, teachers, or staff population being positive
  • 3 or more positive cases within a specific group (epi-linked) (example bus ride, single classroom, sports team)

We have been in contact with the local health department and are currently clear to continue in person learning and activities at this time.


If your child or anyone in the home is experiencing any COVID-like symptoms, please keep your child (and any siblings) home until you speak with our nurse. If any student(s) are in quarantine and would still like lunches and breakfasts, please email Terrie Spicer by 9:30am at tspicer@mes150.org.


Please call the attendance line to report the absence at 815-795-8795.

Symptoms include:


  • Fever (100.4°F or higher),
  • New onset of moderate to severe headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • New cough
  • Sore throat
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Communication

If you are calling in your child(ren) for the day, please call our attendance line at 815-795-8795 telling who the child is and why he/she will be out of school.


Questions can be directed to the main office at 815-795-2428 or sent to the staff member directly via email. Email addresses can be found on the district website.


Please make sure you visit the MES website (https://mes150.org) for the most up-to-date information. Newsletters will be sent to you through TeacherEase as well as posted on the website. If you have not yet liked our Facebook page, check it out- Marseilles Elementary School District #150. Information is shared here as well as communicated through Class Dojo.


As a building, please know, we want what is best for your child(ren) and every other child. We will do our best to meet the needs of your students and look forward to a great year together! Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

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